Jealous God

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Ezekiel 23:1-49; Proverbs 27:13

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Ezekiel 23:25 “And I will direct my jealousy against you, that they may deal with you in fury. They shall cut off your nose and your ears, and your survivors shall fall by the sword. They shall seize your sons and your daughters, and your survivors shall be devoured by fire”

In the Old Testament, God often used the idea of “jealousy” to describe His response to the persistent unfaithfulness of His people. Was God jealous because He was angry and insecure? God was definitely angry. However His anger stems from His righteousness and not so much as He had lost to a “rival”. Similarly, God’s jealousy stems not from any sense of insecurity; but from the wrong choices His people made for what rightly belongs to Him.

It is somewhat comforting to know that the Lord our God is a jealous God. It means He truly cares for His people; He is deeply concerned with our spiritual growth in Christ. In fact, God has the right to be jealous. Not just because our worship rightly belongs to Him; but also because He is the only way to salvation. I can be jealous if my children express much affection for someone outside the family. However, the nature of such jealousy will never be at the same domain as God’s jealousy because of who He is and what He stands for.

Lord, thank you for the reminder that You are a jealous God. You have the right to do so because everything belongs to You. You want to do so because of Your love for us and desire that we turn back to You when we fall. Indeed, help us to grow in the living out of the conviction that You are the only One, who is truly worthy of our worship. Amen.

Day 70

by Rev Joel Yong

Ruth 2:10-12
Ruth immediately bowed down to the ground and said to him, “Why are you so helpful? Why are you paying attention to me? I’m only a foreigner.” Boaz answered her, “People have told me about everything you have done for your mother-in-law after your husband died. They told me how you left your father and mother and the country where you were born. They also told me how you came to people that you didn’t know before. May the LORD reward you for what you have done! May you receive a rich reward from the LORD God of Israel, under whose protection you have come for shelter.”

Our world has a system that readily excludes people who do not belong due to their nationality or ethnicity.

It’s no different in ancient biblical times- Ruth expresses surprise that though she is a foreigner, Boaz shows her mercy by providing for her.

Ruth thought that no one would care … after all she did not belong. Her passport and skin color showed she did not belong.

But Boaz does and he surprises her with knowledge of what she has done for her widowed mother in law.

The Scriptures are consistent- God’s always looking out for the state of a person’s heart more so than the color of his skin and more important to God is what a person does on the private than what he does in appearance to the masses.

John 4.24 NKJV
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.